The Invisible (2007)

DVD Cover (Walt Disney Studios)
David S. Goyer David S. Goyer
Justin Chatwin Justin Chatwin
Margarita Levieva Margarita Levieva
Marcia Gay Harden Marcia Gay Harden
Chris Marquette Chris Marquette
Alex O'Loughlin Alex O'Loughlin

6.2 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Supernatural Thriller, Thriller
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: October 24, 2007
If you were to take the most ridiculous and unbelievable parts of "Ghost", mix that with the sappiest and cheesiest parts of "It's A Wonderful Life" and then toss a little "The Sixth Sense" in for extra measure -- you'd start to see the formation of an unwholesome garbage stew called "The Invisible", the worst film of 2007 and quite possibly one of the top ten worst films I have ever had the displeasure of sitting through. "The Invisible" isn't even so bad that it's funny -- it's just plain bad. The filmmakers have the opinion that the audience don't have an opinion. Because, if they thought we did, they'd know we want something better than this.

The film centers around the character of Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin), a very unlikable character because he seems just as preachy and self-centered as another character, Annie (Margarita Levieva) says he is. When Nick is mistaken for someone who turned her into the cops, Annie and her gang of thugs beat Nick to death...almost. They leave him for dead in a hidden sewer. Suddenly, however, we see Nick walking around, unbruised and fine, as if nothing ever happened. Turns out Nick's soul is in limbo and he can see everyone else, but they cannot see him. He is -- 'invisible'. His goal then becomes to somehow find a way to take someone to the location of his body before he finally does die. Then we discover Annie, the girl who killed him, can hear him -- kind of one of those guilty conscience things. So, she decides to help Nick for his own body. Wow. That's deep. At the end of the film, Nick lives and Annie dies. Whoops! I spoiled it. Guess you don't have to see it for yourself now.

Where to begin with this piece of crap? Let's start with the acting, because it makes up such a large chunk of the film. Justin Chatwin needs to either stick with really small supporting roles or nothing at all because he lacks both the looks and personality of a leading man. His acting here is just plain bad. Margarita Levieva is better in the role that she should have been, but she is surrounded by such bile that it even makes her look pretty lame. When is Chris Marquette going to stop playing these one note sidekick characters? Is that all he does? "The Girl Next Door", "Alpha Dog" -- we get the picture -- you're a dork. And what in the hell is Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden doing in this film?! Did the filmmakers think her presence alone would be enough to save the film? Even she is really bad in the first few minutes of the film. Whomever suggested to her that she should do this picture should absolutely be fired. I wouldn't recommend "The Invisible" to my worst enemy.

Oh, but the bad continues. David S. Goyer directs the film, some times, like a music video. There really isn't an identifiable musical score -- just lots and lots of modern and indie rock. Song after song bats us over the head when there really shouldn't be any songs. It felt like he wanted to attract a bigger audience by placing as many songs in the film as possible. If the movie sucks this bad, go after the fans of the bands, I guess. The script is also about as terrible as you get -- cliched and contrived and everything scripts these days should not be. It felt like the filmmakers didn't even try. And there is this one hilariously bad scene where Justin Chatwin is standing on the sidewalk, walking in slow motion as he bumps into people. All of a sudden, he stops, stretches out his arms, looks to the sky and just screams for no apparent reason other than his being almost dead. And the whole idea that an 'apology' is what is needed to bring Nick bad to life. Give me a break.

Everything about "The Invisible" sucked. I wish the title was just what it said. I wish I never heard about this colossal disaster. Thank God it had a piss poor reception at the box office and was quickly forgotten. This is the worst films of 2007 and one of the worst films you'll likely ever see. It's just sooooo bad.
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Tristan #1: Tristan - added 10/24/2007, 12:31 PM
I know you watch essentially every new movie, and sooner or later, it'd be up on here, but, wow. I can't believe anybody actually sat through this. 10 seconds into the trailer and I knew this would be a Never Going To See kind of movie.
bluemeanie #2: bluemeanie - added 10/24/2007, 12:49 PM
I wish I hadn't watched it. I want that 1 hour and 42 minutes back.
ThunderStruck5a #3: ThunderStruck5a - added 10/24/2007, 04:22 PM
i was hoping to get around to this before anyone else. i think i saw it opening night if i remember and i loved it. at least a 9/10
bluemeanie #4: bluemeanie - added 10/24/2007, 04:58 PM
Sorry. But if you actually mean that statement, you have shit taste in film. Period.
Griffinheart #5: Griffinheart - added 10/24/2007, 05:14 PM
Think I saw this near the #1 spot for worst plot twist ever.
bluemeanie #6: bluemeanie - added 10/24/2007, 05:30 PM
Well, there's not really a plot twist. Maybe the list was of the Worst Films Ever. That would make sense.
Griffinheart #7: Griffinheart - added 10/24/2007, 06:24 PM
Spoiler? I don't know. Didn't see the movie.

If I remember right from that list, you find out at the end that the whole movie was basically a dream sequence, so only about five minutes of the movie "actually" happened. I might have my movies mixed up (never saw this one), but I believe that was the plot twist that got this movie on there.
ThunderStruck5a #8: ThunderStruck5a - added 10/24/2007, 07:30 PM
no i think thats something else.....but just about everything that did happen was predictable. i still really liked it.
lostth0ught #9: lostth0ught - added 10/30/2007, 01:01 PM
Oh crap. My girlfriend is making me watch this movie this weekend. She says she loves it, and now I'm thinking I need to fake an injury to get out of it...
bluemeanie #10: bluemeanie - added 10/30/2007, 01:11 PM
I would suggest either murdering her, or killing yourself. Those would be the best ways to avoid such a nightmare.
Crispy #11: Crispy - added 10/30/2007, 01:25 PM
Or both
bluemeanie #12: bluemeanie - added 10/30/2007, 01:25 PM
Agreed. Better to be safe than sorry.
Greg Follender #13: Greg Follender - added 01/30/2009, 03:54 PM
No way around it... this was a sack-load of melodramatic poop.
There might have been some spirit to the idea in it's inception... but somewhere along the long road of studio adaptation, this unfortunate film took the wrong path.

Hard to watch and even harder to admit to viewing in it's entirety... ouch.

Even my cats hated it...
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